The Eugene 4J School District and the YMCA appear to have found common ground this week in efforts to relocate the recreational facility. They’ve agreed to tentative terms for the “Y” to purchase land at 24th and Hilyard.
The proposal would give the Eugene Family YMCA the option to purchase the Roosevelt Middle School property for 2.85 million dollars. That’s nearly double the Y’s September offer of 1.5 million. Dave Perez, the YMCA’s Executive Director, says he’s confident the nonprofit will be able to raise the money:
Perez: “From a timing standpoint, it works pretty well. We’re kicking off a quiet phase of the campaign. Probably our top 100 donors, we’ll try to solicit over the next 12 months.”
Perez says the Y will be ready to break ground when Roosevelt is vacated in 2016. Superintendent Sheldon Berman says he and Perez feel the partnership is a win-win situation:
Berman: “I have to say I’m optimistic. I think the board is enthusiastic as well. They’re excited that we could have this kind of collaboration.”
Under the terms, the Y would pay a 1.5 million dollar down payment within two years, and the balance when the existing YMCA land is sold. The school board votes on the tentative agreement Wednesday.